COVID Information for Residents
If you are sick or are unsure of your symptoms, please stay home and call Health Link at 8-1-1, or use Alberta Health Services online assessment tool. Do not go to your Family doctor, ER, or walk-in clinic.
To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, you should:
- Wash your hands often and well
- Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
- When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands
- Practice Physical Distancing (learn more here)
Looking for more AHS information related to COVID-19? Visit the AHS website.
Up to Date Info and Statistics
The most up to date information regarding COVID cases and statistics are available through the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services websites. This info is updated roughly every 24 hours. AHS will conduct contract tracing with individuals who test positive and contact individuals who have been in direct contact with said individual. Patient information, such as who and where they live, will not be released by AHS or any other agency, as this is confidential patient information.
Government of Alberta website: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-alberta-data.aspx
AHS website: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
Free Masks for Albertans
Under the Province’s “Masks for Albertans” program, the County has free non-medical face masks available for County residents. You can pick up your free masks at the Dixonville Post Office, Manning Post Office, and the County of Northern Lights office in Manning.
Support Information for Residents
- Temporary salary top-up for low-income essential workers
- Increasing the Canada Child Benefit
- Special Goods and Services Tax credit payment
- Extra time to file income tax returns
- Mortgage support
- Utility Payment Deferral
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
- Addressing immediate needs in Indigenous communities
- Supporting Indigenous communities public health needs and preparedness
- Making personal hygiene products and nutritious food more affordable
- In addition to the measures above, Indigenous peoples can also access benefits listed under Support for individuals and Support for businesses.
- Improving access to essential food support
- Supporting people experiencing homelessness
- Supporting women and children fleeing violence
- Providing youth with mental health support
- Delivering essential services to those in need
- Reduced minimum withdrawals for Registered Retirement Income Funds
- Supporting the delivery of items and personal outreach
- Providing immediate and essential services to seniors
- Suspending repayment and interest on student and apprentice loans
- Temporary changes to Canada Summer Jobs program
- Student loans payment deferral
Answer a few questions in the Government of Canada website and be matched with current programs and services.
County of Northern Lights Penalty Deferrals
The Council of the County of Northern Lights has agreed to defer penalties charged on unpaid Utility and Accounts Receivable Invoices between the period of April 1st and June 30th, 2020. Service disconnections will not occur during this period on utility accounts where the owners maintain a balance of less than $1,000.
Property Taxes will be distributed as normal, in May. The County of Northern Lights is asking those residents with the ability to pay to do so before June 30th In recognition of the current economic impacts of these trying times, Council has moved to waive the July 1st penalty on current property tax levy’s. The County Tax AutoPay Program will continue without change.
Premier Jason Kenney has released the Government of Alberta's Relaunch Strategy. Click here to see it.
Important Phone Numbers
- Addiction Helpline: 1-866-332-2322
- Kids Helpline: 1-800-668-6868
- Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642
- Toll-Free Crisis Hotline: 1-800-482-4357
- Alberta Supports: 1-877-644-9992
- Family Violence: 310-1818, or chat online, 8 am - 8 pm MST: alberta.ca/family-violence-find-supports.aspx
Help During Tough Times
At some point in our lives we all have stressful times. We can be impacted by such things as financial pressures, unexpected difficulties, unemployment, or stressful situations such as the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Alberta Health Services has resources and services available to help you or someone you know. Remember, if you are struggling you are not alone. There are supports in place to help you. Find them here.
Alberta Health Services has launched a free daily text message system to provide a once-daily text with or without a related weblink, to provide support and build coping skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. To sign up, text COVID19HOPE to 393-939
I've been tested for COVID-19, now what?
If you have had a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab to test for COVID-19, while you are awaiting your results you are required to remain in self-isolation, at home. While at home, please also continue to follow good respiratory etiquette and good hand hygiene practices. Learn more here.
I have received notice of a positive test result for COVID-19, what do I do?
You will be contacted by AHS Public Health to advise on your self-isolation period. Please remain in self-isolation. Learn more here.
Community COVID-19 Resource Guides
All national updates can be found at: www.Canada.ca/coronavirus
Updates from Alberta Health Services can be found at: www.ahs.ca/covid
Updated August 31st, 2020